User manual

User manual
User manual
Rigid frame wheelchairs / English
Unfolding
Folding
• Lift up the backrest. This locks in the raised position.
• Fit the rear wheels, see below.
• Fold the backrest by pulling the
wire upwards. The elastic strap
keeps the backrest in the folded
position.
• Remove the rear wheels, see below.
Rear wheel with quick release
Anti-tip feature
• Fitting/removal: Depress the button
in the hub while fitting/removing
the wheel.
• When assembling, always check that
the rear wheel is correctly positioned.
• The button in the hub must spring
out properly.
• It is possible to adjust both the height and length.
• Test how far back you would like
the wheelchair to be able to tip.
• You must be able to move easily,
yet still feel secure.
2
Back cover
Seat cushion
• Place the back cover far enough back on the seat for a fold to be formed between the backrest and seat.
• It is important to always place the back cover on the seat in this way,
as it affects user comfort when seated.
• Place the cushion far enough back
on the seat that the rounded corners
are between the back tubes.
• Trim the cushion to suit seat depth.
• Place any comfort wedge in the
pocket of the cover under the cushion.
Footrests
Calf strap
• Adjust the height until you are sure that your feet are supported and your thighs are resting on the cushion.
• Split footrests: Adjust the angle,
so the ankles are at 90°.
• Adjust the length so that your insteps
rest on the footrests.
3
Back upholstery
Backrest angle
• Check the backrest angle when
adjusting the shape of the back
upholstery.
• Loosen all back straps.
• Tighten the strap just below the
curve of the back.
• Adjust the other straps to allow space for the bottom and follow the natural curve of the back.
Comfort
• Good comfort when seated requires
a well-shaped seat that provides:
- Pressure distribution.
- Stability.
- Freedom of movement.
4
Transfer to/from a wheelchair
Sideways
From the front
• Back the wheelchair up 5-10 cm
before stopping so that the castors
are facing forwards.
• The wheelchair should be close to
the transfer point.
• Lock the brakes.
• Remove the armrest/siderest on
the transfer side.
• Back the wheelchair up 5-10 cm so
that the castors are facing forwards.
• The wheelchair should be close to
the transfer point.
• Lock the brakes and flip up the
footrests.
• Do not stand on the footrests, risk
of tipping!
Parking
Lifting the wheelchair
• Increase the support area of the
• Check that the height-adjustable
wheelchair by backing up 10 cm so
push handles are properly tightened.
that the castors are facing forwards.
• Helper: Lock the brakes and ensure that the anti-tip stabilisers are lowered.
5
Travelling uphill
Travelling downhill
• Lean your body forwards to correct
the centre of gravity.
• Lean your body back to correct
the centre of gravity.
- Check your speed using the handrims, not the brakes!
- Always travel up/down as directly as possible.
- If you are unsure, ask for help.
Stairs
Kerbs
• Flip up the anti-tip stabilisers.
• If you are unsure, ask for help.
• Up: Balance the chair so that the
• Always ask for help.
castors leave the ground. Lean your
• Flip up the anti-tip stabilisers.
body forwards and take a strong grip
• Ascending: With the wheelchair
on the handrims.
facing backwards.
• Down: Move forwards slowly so that
• Descending: With the wheelchair
all four wheels touch the ground at
facing forwards.
the same time.
• Never use an escalator, even with a helper present.
6
Vehicle transport
Car/taxi
Mobility service bus
• Drivers: Secure the rear wheels and
chassis to prevent them from rolling or tipping over. If you put the chassis in the front seat, it should be secured with the seat belt.
• Passengers: Ideally, the wheelchair should be placed in the boot.
Etac’s wheelchairs are crash-tested and
approved in accordance with
ISO-7176-19 and ISO 10542, with
attachment features and three-point
belts from Unwin.
• The user should transfer to a vehicle
seat, if possible, and use the vehicle’s
three-point belt during transport.
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The wheelchair must then be secured
so that it cannot tip over or roll.
• If the wheelchair is used as a seat when Do not lift the chair
travelling, the chair must be facing
using the armrests.
in the direction of travel and be
fastened to the vehicle at four points, round the castor mountings at the front Risk of tipping:
Always have the anti-tip and the rear axle at the back, as shown in the picture. The wheelchair must not stabilisers down when be secured through the wheels or round moving. the back tube.
• Accessories that can be removed
Always
without tools, e.g. trays, must be ensure the removed. The wheelchair’s belts are not tyre
pressure
1" = 6 kg / cm² / 85psi
13/8" = 3,5 kg / cm² / 50psi
sufficient to prevent injury in the event 1,75 = 2,5 kg / cm² / 35psi
is correct.
of sudden braking.
Always check the anti-tip stabiliser function when
adjusting the seat height,
balance position or backrest angle.
7
Maintenance
Rear wheels: Clean quick release axles as required.
Tyre pressure: Check the tyre pressure, see tyre section (once/month).
Castors: Clean castor wheel axles as required.
Chassis: Wash with a damp cloth and detergent, e.g. car shampoo.
Upholstery: Wash, see labels on each item.
(!) If necessary, lubricate moving parts/joints with cycle oil or similar.
In the event of problems, contact your Assistive Equipment Centre.
Troubleshooting table
The wheelchair is pulling
diagonally
- Pump up the tyres
- Adjust the angle of the front fork mountings
- The rear wheel mountings are incorrectly fitted
- The user’s weight is not evenly distributed in the wheelchair
- The front handrim is stronger on one side
The wheelchair is “heavy” to
manoeuvre/turn
- Pump up the tyres
- The rear wheel mountings are incorrectly fitted
- Clean any hair and dirt from the castor axles
- Check the angle of the front fork mountings
- Too much weight over the castors; adjust the chair’s balance
position
The wheelchair is awkward
to turn
- Pump up the tyres
- Check that the front forks are not tightened too much
- Clean any hair and dirt from the castor axles
- Too much weight over the castors; adjust the chair’s balance position
The brakes are poor
- Pump up the tyres
- Adjust the distance between tyre and brake
The rear wheels are “loose”
- Check that the washer round the hub axle is still in place
- Adjust the hub axle length
The rear wheels are difficult to
get on/off
- Lubricate and clean the quick release with cycle oil or similar
- Adjust the hub axle length
The castors “wobble”
- The front forks have not been tightened sufficiently
- Adjust the angle of the front fork mountings
- Too much weight over the castors; adjust the chair’s
balance position
The wheelchair feels “unsteady” - Pump up the tyres
- Check that screws and controls are properly tightened
74591A
06-06-02
Etac ab, box 203, se-334 24 Anderstorp
TEL +46-371-58 73 00 FAX +46-371-58 73 90
www.etac.com
Maximum user weight: Act/Elite 100 kg, Sting 50 kg
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